If your local government is interested in referencing the BC Energy Step Code, you’ve come to the right place.

Local governments are asked to signal their intentions to the Energy Step Code Council – through the Province’s Building and Safety Standards Branch – at two key points in the implementation process:

  1. Initial Notification: When a government begins consultation with industry on its proposed approach
  2. Final Notification: When a government establishes or ratifies a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code

Before completing the initial notification form, please review the provincial policy guide (PDF), the local government best practices guide (PDF, 5MB), and the information below.

Initial Notification

To notify the Energy Step Code Council you have started to consult on the BC Energy Step Code:

  1. Complete the initial notification form (PDF)
  2. Send your form by email to the Building and Safety Standards Branch with the subject: (Name of your local government) Notice of Initial Consultation
  3. Receive an email from the Building and Safety Standards Branch within 10 days confirming receipt of your form

Visit Implementation Updates to find out which local governments have submitted their initial notification.

Final Notification

Local governments are asked to submit the final notification once they have established or ratified a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code.

  1. Complete the final notification form (Word)
  2. Email your completed form to the Building and Safety Standards Branch at building.safety@gov.bc.ca with the subject: Final Notification on the BC Energy Step Code + Name of Jurisdiction
  3. Receive an email from the Building and Safety Standards Branch within 10 days confirming receipt of your form

These local governments have submitted their final notification, indicating they have established or ratified a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code (listed alphabetically):

  • City of North Vancouver
  • District of North Vancouver
  • District of West Vancouver

Learn more via Implementation Updates.

Notification Questions and Answers

Why are you asking for this information, and what will you do with it?

For the next few years, the Energy Step Code Council will be closely following local government interest in the BC Energy Step Code to support those affected. Our goal is to inform industry capacity-building efforts, and identify potential training shortfalls and any other issues that may arise.

We will share the information submitted here with the Energy Step Code Council, including industry representatives, to help ensure a smooth roll-out. Some information will also be shared publicly.

Who should complete the notification forms?

A local-government staff member such as a community energy manager, sustainability manager, community planner, or building official would typically complete the notification forms.

What notification period should be provided to industry?

Section C2 of the Building Act Guide – Provincial Policy: Local Government Implementation of the Energy Step Code – establishes minimum timelines between the notification of the Energy Step Code Council, and a local government’s ultimate reference of the standard in policy. Those timelines are as follows:

  • Three Months: Governments must  provide the Energy Step Code Council with three months notice if they intend to transition an existing green-building program to instead reference one or more steps of the BC Energy Step Code.
  • Six Months: Governments intending to introduce new policy referencing the Lower Steps are required to provide six months notice before doing so.
  • 12 Months: Governments intending to introduce new policy referencing the Upper Steps are required to provide 12 months notice before doing so.

These timelines are necessary to provide the building industry sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements. The waiting period begins on the day you submit the initial notification form. The local government Best Practices guide provides more information about the process.

What actions would trigger a reset of the notification period countdown clock?

If, during the process of policy development, a local government opts to increase its level of ambition and move from referencing one of the Lower Steps to instead reference one of the Higher Steps after completing the initial notification form, the local government should submit a new initial notification form. In such an instance, the waiting period will begin anew. A similar “clock reset” will also apply should a local government choose to add additional locations where the BC Energy Step Code will apply. Please see the Best Practices Guide for details.

When should I complete and submit the forms?

Local governments should complete and submit the initial notification form when they start their public consultation about the BC Energy Step Code. They should submit the final notification when they reference the BC Energy Step Code in policy. Please review the local government Best Practices Guide for more details.

What happens after I submit my initial notification form?

After you submit the initial form, you will receive a confirmation email. The email serves as your receipt and can be used to calculate the three, six, or 12-month waiting period before you can reference the standard in policy.

A representative of the Province’s Building Safety and Standards branch will reach out if more information is needed. We also ask that you please notify us when your government actually references the BC Energy Step Code, as explained in the local government Best Practices Guide.

Whom can I contact if I have more questions?

For questions, please email the Buildings and Safety Standards Branch at the Province of British Columbia. This email account is actively monitored and a representative will be back in touch as soon as possible.